Living the dream…
The desire to fulfill our dreams led us way up North, to Scandinavia.
We decided to give up our everyday lives and ‘nine-to-five’ jobs and look for some happiness in Oslo.
Oslo Opera House
Above the Oslofjorden rises the medieval fortress Akerhus. The walk around its walls will provide you with some splendid views both, of the castle and seashore. At the footstep of the fortress there are: a modern boardwalk called Aker Brygge and Noble Peace Centre.
If you carry an Oslo Pass or a travel ticket (ruter #) it’s a good idea to take the ferry number 602 and look at Oslo and its surroundings from the new perspective.
There are a couple of noteworthy museums at the Bygdøy Peninsula. Kon-Tiki, Viking Ship, Norwegian Folk and Maritine Museums are just few examples. The most popular one is probably the Viking’s yet it’s surprisingly small and your visit will not be longer then an hour unless you wish to contemplate.
Oslo’s strong point would be definitely the ability to get out of the city centre into the woods using just one metro line or a train. It is also easy to get to Sognsvann which is a nice area to walk/run around the lake or swim in it when the summer time comes.
On the opposite side of the city center you will find the largest sculpture park made by a single artist. Vigeland’s Park containes over 200 sculptures representing people in all different sizes and shapes. it’s totally worth seeing!
the Holmenkolen Jump
Last but not least, the Holmenkolen Jump, situated on the top of Oslo is a modern construction that is a perfect place to visit, not only for the skijumping fans yet for everyone enjoying the good views of the whole city. If you look down on the landing, your heart will beat faster! It’s possible to take the lift to the top of the jump and see the perspective from the starting beam or even slide down the rope, that will imitate the ski jump, for extra 600NOK.
If you are in Oslo in the springtime or during the fall, you can go to one of many Loppemarkeds which are organised by children together with their parents. These are basically the ‘sales’ of any equipment you wish for: sport accessories, furniture, dishes, electrocity. All the money collected during the loppemarked is meant for pupils and their school trips. It is a Norwegian tradition which is definitely an impressive initiative.